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Local celebrity in his own right, Greg Martin, owner and purveyor of Urban Bean Coffee reached out to us after admiring our work over the years at Norseman Distillery. Our 2017 Fall menu design specifically caught his eye due to the art nouveau-style leaf work. In our first meeting he mentioned his fondness for said leaves, and spoke of his potential desire for a floral based wallpaper design. After years of offering a beautiful, minimalist and primarily black and white color scheme, it had come time to inject some color into the space. After a strange turn of events, of all characters, Sammy Davis Junior and artist Kehinde Wiley came up, and the result of which turned into the mural you see here. The piece was indeed heavily influenced by Kehinde Wiley, a New York based portraitist who recently unveiled his official Presidential portrait of Barack Obama. We have adored his work for years, and wanted to create a tribute with a bit of a comedic spin. This absolutely joyful black and white photo which we found of Sammy, served as the perfect comic relief to pair with the quite traditional vine and flower pattern typically found in textiles and wallpaper. Greg and the entire staff at Urban Bean were such a joy to work with, and we invite you to stop by and grab a latté after saying hello to our man Sammy.